10/16/2014 12:00 AM

 Registration is open for Cambridge International Certificate Test for the Skills of Information Technology

Accredited by the University of Cambridge in the UK

Registration starts at the Department of Information Technology at the Deanship of the Preparatory Year and Supportive Studies. The Department of IT offers training programs related to "Cambridge International Certificate Test for the Skills of Information Technology" in both Arabic and English. Students can appear for the test to get Primary and Advanced Cambridge International Certificate for the skills of Information Technology (based on the performance of the student in the test).  The test will be held in the laboratories of the Preparatory Year at male and female campuses in Arar. Preparations at the Deanship have been going on from the beginning to facilitate training packages related to the test "Cambridge International Certificate for IT skills" and the laboratories at the Preparatory Year at male and female campuses in Arar to be used as testing centers. The certificate is accredited by Cambridge University in the UK, and the certificate thus issued is equal to the completed Course in Computer Skills in the plan of the Preparatory Year. It is worth mentioning here that this certificate is endorsed by the Civil Service Office, as the Primary Certificate is equal to a three months session, and the Advanced Certificate is equal to a six months session.

The curriculum of Cambridge International Certificate for the Skills of Information Technology has been chosen because it is an internationally acknowledged and reliable standard of measurement in computer skills. The certificate is also considered the most acceptable certificate in its field in the academic environment, as the curriculum of the certificate course has been prepared in accordance with scientific base and accuracy, and it is accredited by the International Cambridge Board for Tests affiliated to Cambridge University, ranked as one of the best five universities in the world. That prompted many universities, academic foundations, international organizations, and work bodies, including the Ministry of Civil Service in KSA, to certify Cambridge International Certificate for the Skills of Information Technology as an official qualification in the field of Information Technology.

The purpose of this certificate is to prepare the trainees to use information technology in the best way when dealing with computer applications and the basic usage, through interactive tests that measure the training process outcomes accurately by measuring the level of obtained skills of the trainee.

The Cambridge International Certificate for the Skills of Information Technology consists of two levels: primary and advanced. The program has been designed to cover the basic information about and skills in information technology that students and employees usually need to develop their technical and practical expertise in the field of information technology. The trainee is awarded the Cambridge Certificate (primary level) after passing four tests covering four units of the program. Also, the trainee is awarded the Cambridge Certificate (advanced level) after passing the three tests left for the last three units of the program. At the end, the students will have done seven courses of the program. The program represents the first step towards the progress, in order to get more developed computer certificates.

One of the merits of getting Cambridge International Certificate for the Skills of Information Technology is that it is equal to the Computer Course in the plan of the Preparatory Year at NBU. Also, the Basic Cambridge International Certificate for the Skills of Information Technology has been endorsed by the Ministry of Service equivalent to three months session on passing four training units, while the Advanced Cambridge International Certificate for the Skills of Information Technology has been recognized as equivalent to six months session on passing seven units. The Ministry of Service gives preference in related jobs to those who possess the Advanced Cambridge International Certificate for the Skills of Information Technology, in addition to the minimum technical qualifications. For instance, those who take Cambridge International Certificate for the Skills of Information Technology after high school are employed at the fifth grade instead of fourth.

Another merit of the certificate is that it has become a certified training program to qualify for the job of "Hafez" which is supervised by the Human Resource Fund. The program is also certified by the program of "Qudoratak" for government coefficients, and the program of "Yosur." The program is supervised by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology. The certificate has been endorsed by some Ministries, universities, corporations, and public and private bodies.

For more information, please visit the Department of IT at the Deanship.